7:31 am - 02/27/2019

Stray Kids' Hyunjin was almost tricked into joining a cult by a strange man (and it wasn't JYP)

Hyunjin of Stray Kids was recently on V-Live's "Two Kids Room" and talked about a time when he was almost lured into a cult.

Via Kpopmap:

"It has been a while since Stray Kids‘ HyunJin shared his experience of almost being tricked into joining a cult but fans were talking about it again recently. [...]

He recollected the time when he was heading to Konkuk University and someone tapped on his shoulder. He initially thought it was someone who might be interested in casting him and had plans of rejecting.
However, the person stopped him and said that he had to speak to HyunJin immediately about something. He said that he saw bad aura from HyunJin’s face and asked if he was having a hard time.

HyunJin confessed that back then he had just entered as a trainee in JYP Entertainment and was getting scolded from his trainers. In addition to that, the person was able to ask questions accurately.

After that, HyunJin said he followed the person and took a bus ride for about 30 minutes before entering a white building. He was told to change into a special outfit and when he entered a room, he saw people kneeling on the floor in front of a statue. However, when they saw HyunJin, they stood up and said “Congratulations!” to him. After which, the person led him to another room and told him to devote the money he had on him to the ‘God’.

HyunJin said that he only had with himself 55,000 won and to him, it was a large sum. In the end, he lied that he only had 5,000 won, gave it and left the building."

Source: Vlive via Kpopmap

cults are scary. i almost got pulled into one when i was protesting in nyc on the day after donaldjdrumpf's election! has anything like this happened to you, omona?
921227 27th-Feb-2019 01:39 pm (UTC)
Jesus that's scary! Glad he was able to leave safely, some of these cults can get violent. But also, how old was he when this happened? I can see how these people can take advantage of a young teen who doesn't know how to say 'no' yet
benihime99 27th-Feb-2019 01:57 pm (UTC)
I got approched by someone recently who asked me if Jesus talked to me recently and that I should read the bible.
I told them thanks and since we were exchanging book rec he should try Nietzsche
I don't think he undertsood why...

Edited at 2019-02-27 02:17 pm (UTC)
yesungholic 27th-Feb-2019 11:39 pm (UTC)
Oh I was asked if I met Jesus as well, I told the lady we weren't on speaking terms since he left me for romans.

She got angry at me, I wonder why
benihime99 28th-Feb-2019 05:56 am (UTC)
dior_chic 27th-Feb-2019 01:58 pm (UTC)
OP that title 😲😂😂😂

But that really is terrifying, poor kid. The closest for me was just a man shoving a card into my hand, I kept walking but when I read it, it was promoting Church of Scientology - WHEW I practically ran to a garbage can to toss it out.
ichigobabe 27th-Feb-2019 02:00 pm (UTC)
damn, that's scary! i'm glad hyunjin knew better not to get involved and he must have been reallllyyy young (since he is still in his late teens).

not much of a cult since money wasn't involved, but when i used to live in japan, i used to get a pair of religious recruiters who came to my apartment regularly. there was one time i told them i can't read japanese so they asked me what my native language is and they had a pamphlet ready in my language, then i had to sheepishly tell them 'sorry i am not interested'. i stopped entertaining doorbells after 3-4 times unless i was expecting a package. i still get nervous when i hear japanese regular doorbell sounds.

Also! My friend and I are Muslims and we wear a headscarf. So when I was in SK, we got approached by a lady who asked if we believe in Jesus Christ and my friend was like 'Yeah, we do.' but this lady didn't seem to believe her and was like "Do you really believe in Jesus? Do you believe that he exists!" and we're like "Yes, we do believe in Jesus, he's our Prophet". It seemed to fall on deaf ears though as she kept talking about how we must believe in him and that he's our god and stuff and wanted to exchange Kakao IDs. My friend gave hers and then we left and talked a bit about why she thought we didn't believe in Jesus lol

Edited at 2019-02-27 02:14 pm (UTC)
kenziekinz09 27th-Feb-2019 08:19 pm (UTC)
I’m curious if you don’t mind me asking. I’m Christian, and in uni especially I saw Muslim student groups with signs that said “Jesus was a Muslim”. I never quite knew what to make of it, I’ve always been at least aware that Islam teaches Jesus is a prophet but i understand that plenty of people probably don’t. My question I guess is do you have any suggestions for having these kinds of conversations (so people can understand that Judaism, Islam, and Christianity are all related and we shouldn’t hate each other) without making it seem like any one has a special “claim” to a person or event?

Idk, but it’s just interesting hearing your story and how it kind of mirrors an experience I had, just from the other side lol.
rainstormraider 27th-Feb-2019 09:44 pm (UTC)
The term Prophet is very different from the term Messiah.
Catholicism believes in Jesus being the son of God. Muslims do not believe that.
Jews do not believe that Jesus was a Messiah either.
kenziekinz09 28th-Feb-2019 02:44 am (UTC)
I’m aware of this, I’m just trying to brainstorm ways of finding common ground. Most Christians in my experience get super defensive if you even imply Jesus isn’t the messiah.
ichigobabe 28th-Feb-2019 03:05 am (UTC)
Oh! Well, I'm not really knowledgeable when it comes to differences in the religions so I'm not sure if I'm the right person. But as far as I know, they are all Abrahamic religions so they all came from the same root. I was taught that they all share the same God and was introduced at different times.

I'm not sure about Judaism, but Christians and Muslims do believe in the existence of Jesus and that he is regarded as an important figure. His role in both religions is what makes the topic extremely sensitive, I think. It's ironic when people with Abrahamic religions hate each other when they are supposed to promote peace and harmonious cohabitation, not aggression and one-upping each other. But the reason this is so could be because they are probably not as well-versed in the religions as they look like, or influences around them,or using religion as an agenda. It's really difficult to have a discussion with these people so I wouldn't be bothered.

Those people who are always preaching can be the worst, while the most religious people I know don't really talk much unless asked and they are much more accepting and admit their faults.
kenziekinz09 1st-Mar-2019 03:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I’ve got some of the “loud” ones in my family so I try to arm myself with knowledge.
kimbafierce 28th-Feb-2019 04:50 am (UTC)
tbh I don't think you can convince people of different religions that they have common grounds when people of the same relgion (but different sects) can't grasp that simple fact.

I believe it's either you tolerate or you don't, and unfortunately most people don't.
kenziekinz09 1st-Mar-2019 03:43 am (UTC)
You might be right, but I hope I can at least try to positively influence the people around me.
nana_the_dwarf 27th-Feb-2019 02:18 pm (UTC)
I mean, if someone approached me and told me I had a bad aura, I would just say ”kthanks” and walk the other way.
donaldjdrumpf 27th-Feb-2019 03:02 pm (UTC)
He left one cult to join another. JYP controls his soul :(
lil_poisonfrog 27th-Feb-2019 03:20 pm (UTC)
Fuck cults seriously. Sometimes it feels like a solid 50% of humanity lives to control others's lives and I'm over it. I'm like two steps away from becoming an anarchist lmao
sra_interesante 27th-Feb-2019 04:54 pm (UTC)
i will keep this title in mind for 'Best of omona' nominations LMAO
petecarl 27th-Feb-2019 05:02 pm (UTC)
Dude, I've heard so many stories like this in k-entertainment. Why do people just follow strangers? Do their parents not teach them stranger danger?
miyozari 27th-Feb-2019 05:15 pm (UTC)

These type of stories (cults, getting scammed and losing money etc.) seem so common over there in the entertainment industry.
921227 27th-Feb-2019 05:27 pm (UTC)
It seems fairly common in SK period like, to get scammed, which is so confusing to me as someone who is dubious of just about everything.
torontok 27th-Feb-2019 07:36 pm (UTC)
Nominating this for best title of 2019 lol.
kenziekinz09 27th-Feb-2019 08:09 pm (UTC)
Grew up in one, still in therapy.
kcaomei 27th-Feb-2019 08:26 pm (UTC)
i'm surprised (and a little disappointed tbh) at the lack of park bogum jokes
rainstormraider 27th-Feb-2019 08:47 pm (UTC)
This title is killing me.

Did we ever get that reveal from JYP? He never explained.
nana_the_dwarf 28th-Feb-2019 01:26 pm (UTC)
First he was supposed to have a press con, but instead he decided to write a book about it. I’m surprised (and not at the same time) that the press and public kinda let go of the whole issue, because he was rumored to be involved with the idiots that affiliated with the Sewol incident.
rainstormraider 28th-Feb-2019 02:31 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. Really?
nekobot 28th-Feb-2019 12:21 am (UTC)
There was actually a Korean cult targeting K-pop fans in Europe with fake Korean culture camps a few years ago. It was pretty wild, I wonder if they're still at it.
aures 28th-Feb-2019 11:52 am (UTC)
*giggles @ title*
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